Los Angeles - Jeep has finally pulled the covers off its Gladiator double cab bakkie and just as you would expect from a Wrangler with a load bay, it’s something of a Swiss Army knife on wheels.
Just like its SUV donor, the Gladiator can be ‘stripped’ in multiple ways, with owners able to fold down the windscreen, remove the doors and lower the soft top for a truly open-air experience - something that will be a unique selling point in its class. Buyers can also opt for a removable hard top.
The load bed itself features a lighting system (positioned beneath the rails) and a 400W external power source, and buyers can opt for Jeep’s ‘Trail Rail’ cargo management system for organising and securing items.
The Gladiator will be available at launch with a 212kW 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 engine, matched with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, while a 194kW 3-litre V6 turbodiesel is set to join the range in 2020, mated to the aforementioned autobox.
Being Wrangler-based it also offers the very best 4x4 systems that Jeep has to offer (Command-Trac and Rock-Trak), as well as Tru-Lock electrically operated front and rear axle lockers, a Trac-Lock limited slip differential and sway-bar disconnector.